Honor 8x: A Cheaper Alternative to iPhone XS Max

Honor 8x: A Cheaper Alternative to iPhone XS Max

Last year, Huawei fans were treated to a budget phone that has an appealing design, great specs, and an affordable price: Honor 7X. Now that its successor, Honor 8X, has been launched in China, do we expect the same amazing things? Probably.

Although the Honor 8X is only available in select countries, it seems like it’s going to be an incredible budget phone. Allow us to give you an overview about everything you should know about Huawei’s latest phone.

Honor 8X Design and Display

Huawei has seriously worked on updating the design of their Honor series to give it a more contemporary look. The company even welcomed the designer Dieter Rams and the artist Sei Smith to accomplish their goal. It seems like all their efforts paid off as they were able to create a stylish smartphone with a top-notch display – the Honor 8X.

Honor 8X’s back is made of 2.5D textured aurora glass with an aluminum frame. It is a breakthrough for the Honor X lineup. The glass back has 15 layers of glass that is capable of catching and refracting light. As a result, users can see unique shimmering patterns across the device’s back. It’s quite similar to the effect we see on the Honor 10, but the patterns on Honor 8X are more stunning with color variants in black, blue, and red.

A portion of the glass back showcases a bit of matte, which creates a two-tone effect. Also, in the middle of the glass frame, there are two camera lenses and a fingerprint sensor. The volume and power keys are neatly positioned on the right side of the device.

Flip the device and the 6.5” LCD display that has a maximum resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels will truly fascinate you. It seems that Huawei managed to reduce the bottom chin of the device making it similar to the iPhone X. As per Huawei, the design, which they call “Full View Display 2.0”, boasts a 91% screen-to-body ratio. It is one of the highest ratios that have ever been seen on smartphones.

In addition to the incredible screen, Honor 8X is also the first ever smartphone that uses a screen that has been certified to have an excellent blue-light filtering. This blue light is suspected to be the reason why you stay awake at night. Some even claim that it is the cause of blindness. It’s no surprise why a lot of people want to avoid this blue light and cut it down on devices.

Lastly, Huawei redesigned the antenna of Honor 8X to make it up to 9 times stronger in terms of connectivity. So, once you lose network access, reconnecting should not be a problem.

Unfortunately, this device does not have a USB-C port, so you have to use the micro USB port and enjoy a standard charging speed. Don’t worry, there is a headphone jack for you to enjoy music.

Honor 8X Specs

The specs of Honor 8X are quite similar to Honor Play, it’s just that it has been tweaked and improved to make it more enticing for bargain hunters.

Honor 8X is powered by an octa-core Kirin 710 chipset, which is the same chip used in the Huawei Mate 20 Lite. With four powerful Cortex A73 cores, this processor provides the same level of power as the Kirin 970 chipset. The other four cores provide lower power, but can still handle smaller tasks.

Huawei also onboarded the GPU Turbo on Honor 8X. That means the device’s performance should be given a big-time boost. That handy processor is supported by a 64 GB storage space and 4 GB of RAM. There is also a slot of an additional microSD card in case you want to expand this device’s memory. Not to mention, it features a dual SIM slot, too!

As for battery life, Honor 8X won’t disappoint because it has a huge 3,750mAh battery inside. However, with four powerful cores inside, you can probably expect that the device will consume a hefty amount of power.

Then again, as we mentioned above, it is not a fast charging device. Although the NFC feature is included, it’s still unknown if it will be included in the U.S. models of the latest Honor 8X device.

Honor 8X Software

Huawei’s EMUI 5.2 Android skin is running on the new Honor 8X. It is simply laid over the top of Android 8.1 Oreo. While the Android 9.0 is expected to come later, don’t expect it to arrive any time soon.

Another interesting feature of the Honor 8X is the noise cancelling for calls. When a phone call is received, the software will cleverly identify the voice of the caller and reduce as much background noise as it can to give you a better call quality.

Honor 8X Flagship Camera

At the back of the new Honor 8X, a dual-lens camera is set up. There is also a single selfie shooter in front. While the primary rear camera suite has a 20MP camera lens, the secondary has a 2MP lens that is handy for creating a background blur effect. The front camera is powerful in itself, with a 16MP lens.

With A.I. boosted capabilities, the Honor 8X cameras offer a plethora of benefits. Unlike other devices under the Honor series, 8X can recognize different scene categories and apply the appropriate settings that match them.

Honor 8X can recognize up to 500 scenarios in 22 varying categories. Even if it’s just a single photo, it can still recognize multiple scenes. Thanks to the A.I. image stabilization feature, 8X can work to make your shots stable.

This device is not only for shutterbugs. It is capable of capturing slow motion videos at a frame rate of 480 frames-per-second and a resolution of 720p.

Honor 8X Pricing and Release Date

Last September 5, the Honor 8X was launched and first sold in China for 1,399 Chinese Yuan. A month after, it was released to the global market, with prices starting from $280 or $235 Euros. It is expected to arrive in the United States later this year or probably early 2019.

Should You Get the New Honor 8X?

Since we still haven’t gotten our hands on Huawei’s latest addition to the Honor series, we’ll just have to stay tuned for updates and other news about it. In the meantime, show some love to your current smartphone by installing Outbyte Android Care. This app will take care of your device’s performance, battery life, and memory on your behalf so you have nothing to worry about.

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